Joseph Parker faces ‘Big Foot’ challenge in first title defence

WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is pleased his three month training camp is not all in vain following the announcement today that he will face Razvan ‘Big Foot’ Cojanu next Saturday night.

In further good news for Team Parker, one of the world’s largest SUV manufacturers HAVAL, has thrown its support behind him to defend the title at Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on May 6th
HAVAL and sister brand Great Wall Motors have been unveiled as main sponsors for Parker’s first world title defence the giant Romanian.

Chief Marketing Officer Tim Smith said it was a red-letter day for HAVAL.

“We are excited to be in the corner supporting New Zealand champion Joseph Parker, and be a part of history as the country hosts its first world heavyweight title event against the tough Cojanu”.

Cojanu made his Pro Debut in 2011 and has 300 plus amateur fights under his belt. In 2008 he qualified for the Olympics and was a National Champion of Romania in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. 

He won the “Romanian Coup” tournament in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. He won the “Golden Belt” tournament in 2007and 2008. He was also the winner of tournament in Croatia and Turkey in 2009. A gold medal at Francophonic Games in 2009 and won a Gold medal at European championships of EU in 2009.

He has participated in training camps with Charles Martin, Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte.

Razvan has entered the rankings of the top heavyweight contenders position on various boxing radars and currently holds the WBO Asian Pacific title via KO.